College Credit Options
Dual Credit: Dual Credit is an opportunity for qualified junior and senior students to enroll in college courses that earn both high school graduation and college credit simultaneously without having to leave the high school campus. Dual Credit is a platform that provides for a seamless transition from secondary to postsecondary education. It involves close collaboration between high school and college educators through on-going communication and planning for an integrated program of study. There are several benefits and challenges associated with dual credit courses.
- Provides a head start on postsecondary core requirements.
- Lowers cost of college (credits earned are discounted to the student).
- Extends the variety of classes available to high school students.
- Provides greater opportunity for a coordinated, seamless education.
- Serves as a “controlled” introduction to college life.
- Allows increased and easier transition to college.
- Completing the course work along with other high school courses.
- Although there is a cost involved when taking dual enrollment courses, it is a benefit to the student to take advantage of obtaining college credit because tuition costs are given at a deeply discounted rate.
UCHS offers multiple courses for dual credit at the high school. These courses include:
•College Prep Algebra (Math 140)
•Human Anatomy and Physiology (Biology 109)
•Principles of Engineering (POE: GE: 121)
Newly added Dual Credit Courses, effective for the 18-19 school year, include:
- Music Theory
- Political Science (Government)
- Theater Arts
- Foreign Language-Latin and Spanish (SLU 1818)
- United States History
- College Composition (College English)
Dual enrollment is an option available to senior students. Students may enroll in a college-level course for college and/or high school credit while attending their senior year of high school. Enrollment in a class that is below college level will be taken for high school credit only. To be eligible, seniors must:
• Have a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher.
• Have met or are meeting all graduation requirements through the regular high school program.
• Enroll in a college course that is not available in the high school program, either because it is not offered or because of a conflict of time in the schedule.
Dual enrollment is available through the University of Missouri-St. Louis, St. Louis Community College, and Harris Stowe State University, as well as other area colleges. This option is open to seniors only and requires parent, counselor, and administrator approval prior to enrollment. Dual Enrollment Forms should be obtained from the guidance office. As most college and university semesters do not coincide with high school calendars, forms must be completed and submitted by the colleges’ deadlines.
University City High School students are not eligible for late-start classes. In the case of a student beginning a college course before the end of first semester, the student is responsible for working with his/her academic counselor and classroom teacher to make arrangements for class work and final examinations.
Students must be aware that the colleges have the final say in these courses.
To arrange dual enrollment, students must meet with their counselor after locating the course they wish to take. The counselor will examine records and write the permission letter for all qualifying students.
Early College Experience
Identified rising juniors received a personalized invitation and application to participate in the new Early College Experience, an early-entrance-to-college program that allows students to earn college credit towards an associate degree while still in high school at no cost to the family. Students will take dual enrollment courses at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park beginning the summer between their sophomore and junior year. As juniors, participating students will take dual enrollment courses at UCHS. As seniors, they will complete their coursework on the STLCC-Forest Park campus. Successful candidates can graduate with not only a UCHS diploma, but also an associate’s degree in general studies. This opportunity allows high performing and exceptional students to socialize and study in a learning community of peers. Applications are due in early March of sophomore year. For more details contact: Dr. Samuel Martin, Dean of Students, firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314-290-4104.